[News] ADC-SF Statement on the Siege of Gaza
news at freedomarchives.org
Sat Jul 1 09:59:30 EDT 2006
Reply-To: adcsf-owner at yahoogroups.com
Stop the Siege of Gaza and Support the Palestinian People
We call upon all people of conscious to condemn and protest the
escalating military attacks and economic terror being inflicted by
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Thousands of armed Israeli troops, supported by U.S. tax dollars, are
amassed on the northern and southern borders of Gaza waiting to carry
out another massacre of Palestinian men, women and children.
Israeli missiles have destroyed Gaza's main power plant and blocked
shipments of fuel to operate four smaller facilities. The people of
Gaza, who have been surviving and resisting sustained Israeli
military attacks, are now without clean drinking water, medicines,
electricity and international relief groups warn that within three
days there will be a severe humanitarian crisis. On top of all this,
sixty-four officials of the democratically elected Palestinian
government have been illegally arrested by Israel. These efforts are
aimed at ethnically cleansing Palestine of Palestinians. Such
collective punishment not only violates international and
humanitarian law but clearly expose Israel's inherently racist nature.
In the past month, Israel has killed 28 Palestinians, 7 of which were
children. There has been no outrage over these state-sponsored
murders. While the names of the Palestinians killed will never be
remembered or even known by most people in this country, the entire
world is being made aware of one captured Israeli soldier. Mainstream
media has been responsible for perpetuating a distorted, skewed
version of the situation and it is our duty to raise our voices
against this racism and injustice.
There is never symmetry between acts of an occupier and acts of
people defending themselves. Yet any act by Palestinians to resist
occupation is condemned and attacks by Israel are portrayed as
legitimate, especially by mainstream media in the US. Israeli lives
are sacred while the lives of Palestinians worthless and not worth
mentioning. The racism that underlies mainstream media coverage of
the situation is shocking and outrageous.
Organizations concerned about social justice in the US cannot keep
quiet about the ethnic cleansing being carried out in Palestine. We
call on every organization and individual to take a stand against not
just the latest Israeli atrocities but against all the crimes that
Israel has committed against Palestinians with US arms and US
acquiescence for over half a century.
We believe that through international pressure in the form of
boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS), among other things, will
Israel's apartheid state be challenged so that the legitimate rights
of Palestinian can be realized. Many organizations, churches and
unions have started to embark on this strategy which brought down the
apartheid state in South Africa. In the near future, we hope to let
people know how to more directly be engaged in these strategies at
your schools, work and communities.
Lastly, we would like to register our strong disagreement with the
June 28, 2006 press release sent out from the ADC National Office
which implies some sort of symmetry and balance between Israeli
belligerent actions and the Palestinians right to resist occupation.
As we prepare to mobilize against the siege with friends and
supporters of Palestine and community members including ADCSF
members, we find the statement to be destructive to our mobilization
efforts and inaccurate in its assumptions. We hope our community and
supporters will engage in campaigns and actions in the coming weeks
to stop Israeli atrocities and support the Palestinian people.
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
522 Valencia St San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 861-7444 adcsf at adcsf.org
The Freedom Archives
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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